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The Sarasota School of Architecture, 1941-1966 Paperback – May 9, 1997


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (May 9, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262581566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262581561
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The essays are fascinating, the authors well known, and the content relevant to architectural historians, authors, writers, critics, and students."--Library Journal



"This excellent book makes a strong case for a renewed appreciation ofregional modernism." Erika Belsey , Art New England

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Michael Sorkin is the principal of the Michael Sorkin Studio in New York City. He has taught at a number of schools of architecture, including Cooper Union, Columbia, Yale, Harvard, and Cornell.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Shannon, AIA on July 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the story of a group of talented young architects who were in the right place at the right time. The time (1946-66) was when America was in a building boom, the public wanted fresh, clean designs. Sarasota was a growing town and Modern Architecture was going to change the world. The Father of it all was an architect named Ralph Twitchell. In 1940 Twitchell hired a young intern architect named Paul Rudolph. Rudolph would go onto Harvard GSD, serve in the Navy and return to Sarastoa in 1946, and then become Twitchell's partner in 1950. The two of them, with a group of other talented architects (most notably Victor Lundy) would go on to design some extraordinary custom homes, churches and schools. Their architecture stressed the tectonic (the use of new technologies). Although the Sarasota aesthetic was in similar vein to the California post- war architecture, it also was heavily derivative of a Florida vernacular architecture. Rudolph's early philosophy stressed five points: the Clarity of construction; Maximum economy of means; Simple overall volumes penetrating vertically and horizontally; Clear geometry floating above the Florida Landscape; Honesty in details and in structural connections. It is always a treat to see his pen and ink renderings. A must for the serious student of modernism.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. McGill on April 11, 2006
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John Howey does an excellent job of connecting the place, the time, and the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright and Walter Gropius, to explain the development and evolution of a fine group of architects who practiced in Sarasota beginning in the 1940s, and a few of whom remain even today. While he ends his book on a down note, the book itself and the hard work and dedication of the Sarasota Architectural Foundation have resulted in a revived interest in the work of these architects. Hopefully, efforts to save and restore their surviving masterworks will succeed, despite the forces of McMansionization at work in Sarasota.
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Although a coined expression, "the Sarasota School" is deserved of a chronicling. John Howey has done a masterful job of capturing the spirit of this area's architectural movers and shakers from the 1940s through the the 1960s or thereabouts. The book profiles the significant architects and the not so significant wannabes that skated along on the coat tails of the greats. Chances are, if John Howey had not documented school of thought and philosophy, no one else would have. This is the authoritative volume on a group of individual architects located in the very specific place of Sarasota, Florida and its connection to the much broader Mid-Century Modernism Movement that swept the country.
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This is certainly a very competent book on the modernist mid-century movement with Sarasota flavor. However, it's structured and printed more like a textbook than a coffee table book. Small page format and most photos are small as well as black and white. If you are a student of architecture, this book is for you. If you intend to leave this out in the living room, it's not. In that case, go for Sarasota Modern by Andrew Weaving.
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